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Maryann Miller
Attended St. Clements High School, Macomb County Community College, Collin County Community College, University of Houston, Trinity University, University of Texas at Dallas
Lives in Texas
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A bit about the Trumpster, some funnies, writing tips, and a contest. Lots to read on the blog today.
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Have you played this grocery store Trivia game? I have.
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Enjoy the excerpt from my new book, One Perfect Love.
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Thrilled to be one of the author-sponsors of this contest with my mystery, Boxes For Beds.
Grab a pencil...no scratch that...click here, and enter The Kindle Book Review's $400 Back-to-School Giveaway. You could win one of four $100 Amazon eCards!
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I think most writers can relate to letting distractions get in the way of finishing a book.
It's August, and the heat is on, in more ways than one. I'm outside every morning in the early morning hours taking long walks with Buster, my miniature pinscher. Then, I sit in the shade for about an hour afterward and watch...
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It's like you're peeking. I'm turning over my lonesome draft just in case.
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Review of an interesting book. Part fiction, part memoir, and altogether funny.
Mumbai, photo by Ben Garrison, via Flickr To kick off our new #FridayReads segment and tie in to August’s The Heat is On theme, I thought I would introduce our Blood-Red Pencil readers to a fellow Australian – Gregory Smith, ...
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Good clarification of the difference between murder and homicide.
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An announcement and then some fun for our Monday morning.
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Some of the things that irritate me when listening to audio books.
There are some parts of the country where it is hotter than it is here in Texas. I know that, but it always seems the hottest where you are, especially when you have to go outside and feed animals, mow pastures, and clear the...
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What is your favorite part of the Olympics? Come on over to the blog and share.
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A memorial to a special lady.
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The usual bit of a rant and then some jokes. Let me know which one you like best - the jokes, not the rant. LOL
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Author * Freelance Editor * Sometimes Actress * Always a Book Lover
Introduction

Hello, so glad you stopped by for a visit. I have been writing all my life and plan to die at my computer, hopefully after finishing a book, not in the middle of one.

When I am not busy writing, or blogging, which is really writing if you think about it, I love to be on stage. I have been the theatre director at our local art center for a number of years and always enjoyed directing plays, never thinking I would ever be in one. A friend dared me to try it, and I was bitten by the acting bug in a big way.

I've written in a number of genres, but am focusing more on mysteries of late. I have the Seasons Series that features two women homicide detectives in Dallas. Think "Lethal Weapon" with female leads. Open Season is the first book in the series, followed by Stalking Season. While I focus on longer works, I do write a short story when my muse gifts me with one. To see a full listing of all my titles, visit my author page at Amazon.  

It has been my honor to win a few awards for my work, including the Page Edwards Short Fiction Award for a short story that was inspired by the fleeting glimpse of an old man sitting under a tree as I drove by on a country highway. It is always such a joy to be gifted with a story that way.

I live in the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas with one horse, one goat, one sheep, one dog and four cats. The cats rule.

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I am now living my childhood dream of being a farmer. Or trying to be. (smile)
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  • St. Clements High School, Macomb County Community College, Collin County Community College, University of Houston, Trinity University, University of Texas at Dallas
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